The experience of being newly diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Green, Alice E. (2007) The experience of being newly diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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This portfolio consists of five pieces of work, which demonstrate the importance of reflexive practice in Counselling Psychology as well as the significance of the development of strong therapeutic relationships both within client practice and psychological research. Section B comprises of an original piece of research into the qualitative experiences of newly diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease patients, using interpretative phenomenological analysis to reveal complex psychological issues which can occur within this patient population. Section C is a case study which demonstrates how the therapeutic alliance can be utilised within a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) framework when working with a complex client case presentation. Similarly, Section D aims to show how important self-reflexive practice is within psychodynamic casework and a process report is presented from a client’s assessment session. Section E is a critical literature review of the CBT models of treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This piece of work challenges the current treatment models of CFS, highlighting the complex interplay between physiological and psychological components of medical conditions such as this. Finally, Section F is a reflexive commentary upon my doctoral journey, and aims to give the reader a trajectory into the material presented within this portfolio from both a personal and professional reflective viewpoint.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parkinson's Disease; Parkinson's Disease patients; reflexive practice in Counselling Psychology; interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA); cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: Library Services and Special Collections
School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 16:10
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 16:10


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